Buster notes that some of the remaining free agents will have to lower their expectations if they want a contract this year, including former Yankee Bobby Abreu.
In the past few days, Abreu — like so many other veteran players — has come to grips with the reality that the lush multiyear deal simply is not going to be there for him, and the All-Star who hit 20 homers and accumulated an on-base percentage of .371
As recently as a week ago, the asking price on Bobby Abreu was said to be locked in place, a three-year deal for something in the neighborhood of $16 million a year. But those numbers were based on appraisals made before the motor companies got a bailout, before the Dow Jones Industrial Average shrunk to four digits.
In the past few days, Abreu — like so many other veteran players — has come to grips with the reality that the lush multiyear deal simply is not going to be there for him, and the All-Star who hit 20 homers and accumulated an on-base percentage of .371this past season is said to be willing to take a one-year deal.
Arbitration would have landed him that $16m he wanted. Signing him now might also get him that $16m, but it would take two years to earn it rather than one.
Bonus points for any MAD TV fans out there who appreciate the 2nd picture to the right
The Yankees have a lot of good young relief pitchers. They also have a strong core of experienced major league relief pitchers. At the end of last season, it seemed like we were headed toward a spring training battle royale to figure out who the Yankees would carry in the bullpen. As a minor [...]
Joe Torre’s book seems to be getting a lot of people embroiled in controversy. The latest to be ripped by media personalities (if you consider Michael Kay a personality) is Mike Mussina, for the comments that he made about Mariano RIvera in Joe Torre’s book. From Mike “Tiny” Lupica: “We were up 3-0 and Mo [...]
Sorry guys, the commute took 2 hours (snow, traffic). So I’m already backed up with stuff at the office and besides, I have said all I feel like saying about Torre and that mess.
I’ve got my “angry pants” on today so if things improve, I’ll try to get something up here. Thanks for understanding.
Before the Andy Pettitte signing, some of us wondered about Jon Garland. Well, with Pettitte on board it’s really a moot point, but according to Nick Piecoro, he’s joining the Arizona Diamondbacks for about $6-8 million (h/t MLBTR).
In Buster Olney’s latest (ESPN), Olney notes that Bobby Abreu will likely have to reduce his demands if he actually wants to play this season. Our buddy Bobby was looking for $16 million per year, a price that the Yanks simply weren’t interested in paying. Now, in this market, he’ll be lucky to get Raul [...]
Joe Torre must be respected as one of the greatest managers in franchise history, but there is a very disturbing pattern emerging from reports of his tell-all tome. We can’t condemn a man for a few isolated statements, especially when his body of work is otherwise overwhelmingly positive, but it’s very interesting to note who [...]
I am seriously beginning to wonder whether Joe Torre has ever read the book that has his name on it. In the book, Joe claims that he was unaware of the fact that some of his players were juicing. The Daily News points out the following statements from David Cone: But in “The Yankee Years,” [...]
From Neil Best: That the Yankees of the former manager’s final six seasons were a self-absorbed, overpaid imitation of the famously gritty bunch that brought him four rings in his first six years. “It was just not an unselfish team,” Torre says of the revelation that hit him in 2002. “The team wasn’t tough enough [...]